Belmont, NC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in an 80-66 on Saturday evening.
Jalen Lowery and DJ Dobson led the team with 13 points apiece, they were followed by Justice McCullough with ten points. McCullough went on to lead the team in rebounds with 15 to give him another double-double of the season. The Warriors went 65% at the free throw line with Issac Ford leading them by going 2-2 at the line. Four Warriors posted two assists each in the loss. Lowery led the team with two steals and three Warriors posted blocks.
Final: Belmont Abbey 80, Southern Wesleyan 66
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-9 / CC 0-3), Belmont Abbey (6-5 / CC 2-1)
How It Happened
Belmont Abbey struck first in the first half on a three point shot by Jacob Wilson. A layup by Justice McCullough allowed the Warriors to counter to come to 2-3 behind the Crusaders. The Crusaders lengthened the lead to 6-2 on a second three point shot by Wilson. McCullough took a foul going up for a layup to draw free throws. He made both to put the Warriors down 5-6 to the Crusaders. A layup by Deion Lane allowed the Crusaders to take a five point lead and bring the score to 10-5. Zalan Richards took a pass from Kylie Blackett to sink a layup and put the Warriors down 9-14 to the Crusaders. Kylie Blackett took the ball and made a three point shot to put the Warriors down by four and make the score 12-16. Zalan Richards retrieves a rebound and passes to DJ Dobson to put the Warriors down 18-26 down. Myron Carmon drove the ball down the court for the Crusaders to allow them to take a 34-17 point lead. At the half the Crusaders were leading 39-23.
Issac Ford put up a layup on a pass from Jalen Lowery to score for the Warriors in the second half and put Southern Wesleyan down 25-39. Belmont Abbey countered on a layup by Dequan Abrom, but a layup by Lowery allowed the Warriors to come 27-41 behind. Southern Wesleyan felt the pressure as Belmont Abbey pressured, but Justice McCullough took the pass from Kylie Blackett and put it up to cut the Crusaders lead to 50-32. Free throws by Issac Ford allowed Southern Wesleyan to keep the Warriors within twenty points of the Crusaders. DJ Dobson made a jump shot to put the Warriors down 18, but a layup by Markel Pollard allowed Belmont Abbey to maintain a 20 point advantage. The Warriors pressured, but they could not win out as the Crusaders won 80-66.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Emmanuel College to take part in a tournament. They will take on the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish on December 11 and then take on the Voorhees Tigers on December 12.